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Government issues guidance on complying with minimum EPC standards

The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) Regulations make it unlawful from April 2018 to let domestic and commercial buildings in England and Wales which do not achieve a minimum Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of ‘E’.

With research revealing that around one in 20 homes would fail new minimum energy efficiency standards as they fall into the worst-rated Bands F and G, it is clear that many landlords need to take action to improve the energy efficiency of their properties. 

To help, the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy has now issued a guidance document for landlords on compliance with the 2018 ‘Minimum Level of Energy Efficiency’ standard, in accordance with the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015.


The documents provide guidance and advice on:

+ Scope of the regulations: the steps a landlord should take to determine whether their property is covered by the regulations, and the steps they should take to ensure their property complies with the minimum level of energy efficiency;


+ Relevant improvements: how a landlord can identify appropriate energy efficiency improvements for their property;


+ No-upfront Cost Funding (domestic only): how a landlord can investigate availability of no-cost funding to cover the cost of improving a domestic property;


+ Cost effectiveness (non-domestic only): how a landlord can determine whether particular improvements would be cost effective to install in a non-domestic property;


+ Exemptions and exclusions: the exemptions framework and the steps a landlord should take to register a valid exemption;

+ Enforcement: the enforcement framework and the options open to enforcement authorities when policing compliance with the minimum standards, including information on fines and other penalty options;

+ The appeals framework: landlord appeals will be heard by the First-tier Tribunal, part of the court system administered by Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service; the guidance discusses the steps a landlord will need to take to lodge an appeal, and how that process will be managed.

You can read the guidance by clicking here

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  • Bill Wood

    This Government document is 96 pages long. Has anyone read it?

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    social housing exempt? why?

    and greenhouse gases--complete bollox--discredited nonsense

    nb--this is eu--GB is leaving

  • Colin Lillicrap

    I have read the guidance for both domestic and non-domestic properties. This is not just an EU issue as the UK government appears committed to improving rented accommodation. I only deal with non-domestic properties and have been surveying properties in my area with and F or G EPC rating. Many are old properties which is to be expected. Many are small businesses in old established high streets. I have yet to meet a tenant who is aware of MEES or to hear of a landlord who is making improvements. Surely it is better to have a planned schedule of improvements during tenancy breaks or other convenient times than to be forced into making improvement under threat of penalties when inevitably contractors will impose a premium on their fees.


    it is an eu-directive which has been gold plated by our moronic civil servants--the requirements are stupid

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    • 18 October 2017 15:18 PM

    This in top of section 24? Please do tell me they are having a laugh.

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    • 18 October 2017 15:19 PM

    On top even


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